Client
University of Strathclyde
Product
SMARTPLY DRYBACKER
Application
Technology and Innovation Centre

The £89m Technology and Innovation Centre, built by Lend Lease, for the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow has added a new dimension to one of Scotland’s largest universities. The project has been designed to accommodate some 850 people. 

The aim of the building is to become an interface for the integration of academia and industry. At nine storeys high, fit-out of the new building demanded a large volume of partitioning panels that could be installed quickly as the construction programme allowed.

The Solution

The speed of fit out with our DRYBACKER panels was facilitated by engineered vertical side recesses to accommodate the ‘C’ shaped metal studs used in partition wall construction. Thanks to the uniform structure of our OSB, fixings can be made at any point on the panel’s surface. This meant that, unlike plywood, there was no risk of inherent weaknesses caused by core voids orsurface knotholes.

The Results

Our strong OSB panel provides optimum stability in the partition wall, making it ideal for the application of fixtures and fittings as part of an interior fit-out programme. DRYBACKER is also the environmental choice. As part of our range, panels are manufactured from locally sourced FSC certified timber, providing peace of mind and helping specifiers and contractors avoid the use of tropical plywood. Panels also carry the CE mark in accordance with the Construction Products Regulation to assure EUTR compliance.